Widowed Without Kids

‘Do you have children?’

It’s typically the second question people who don’t know me well will ask when they hear I lost my husband.  ‘No,’ I say – and rush the rest – ‘but I have a wonderful family and lots of close friends.’  When I just say ‘No,’ a dense silence hangs in the air, the other person doesn’t know how to respond.  As a mourner, you become adept at making those who are trying to comfort you, comfortable.  In my situation, a widow without kids, it’s an essential skill. Have any of you experienced this?  How do you deal with it?

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